MacPhee House Community Museum

Tourism Region: Marine Drive

The museum is upstairs in a 100+ year old house that has been a private home, Post Office, Grocery Store, and rooming house; relocated to its present site on an old pulp mill property from the centre of Sheet Harbour in the 1980s.
The collection "Life Before Plastic" [C] exhibits domestic and institutional life on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia from about 1850 to 1950.



22404 # 7 Highway
Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia
B0J 3B0

Telephone: 902 885 2092

Mailing Address: 
MacPhee House Community Museum
PO Box 239, Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia

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Hours of Operation

Operations: By Appointment • Seasonal

Mid June to mid September. Out of season visitors by appointment on minimum of 1 week notice. Depending on staffing, the museum is sometimes open daily through October.

Open: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Open on all Holidays in season

Administration fees

Admission: Free
Donations and comments are encouraged, and much appreciated.

About Collections

The "Life Before Plastic"[C] exhibit showcases artefacts of domestic and small agricultural use in the "At Home" gallery. ndustrial, Commercial, educational and Health Care artefacts are exhibited in the "Away" gallery.
The Foyer houses mainly larger artefacts, and those related to ship building.

Approximate number of objects in the collections: 450


There is an archive of photographs and some video and film records. Original photographs are not exhibited, only reproductions. The majority of the archive has yet to be catalogued

Films and Videos • Photographs

Fine Arts

The museum currently has one Photo Print of an original painting by a local artist, one oil painting by a local artist, and a watercolour of a scene in Halifax by an unknown artist.


Modern • Historical

Painting • Photography • Prints and Drawings

Human History

The exhibits are not arranged in separate human history catagories, but include artefacts as indicated below.

Agriculture • Animal Husbandry • Communications Devices • Costumes and Accessories • Electricity • Fisheries • Forestry • Furniture or Furnishings • Household Objects or Domestic Technology • Imaging : Photographs • Industrial Technology and History • Local History • Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints • Marine History and Technology • Medical History and Technology • Memorabilia • Military History and Technology • Religious or Liturgical Objects • Transportation : Non-motorized ground
Other: The "Imaging" category includes a Stereoscope and slides.

Services & Activities

The museum staff (volunteer) is available to answer visitor questions, and provide interpretive information while on site.

Research Services

Information Centre

Educational Programs

We have provided tours by local school and Guide classes.

Visitor Services

MacPhee House has a Visitor Information Centre which is open in season.
All usual activities of a VIC are available.
Resturants and accomodation are available locally.

Guided Tours : English • Information Centre or Desk • Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens • Parking Facilities : Free : Bus • Special Needs Facilities : Parking : Signs : Washrooms : Wheelchair access • Washrooms
Other: Note: The museum itself is NOT Wheelchair accessible. The categories under Special Needs above reference the Washroom facilities only.
Other Guided Tours: Guided tours by groups available upon request and a minimium of 1 week notice.

Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services Available • Volunteer Training Offered

Number of Volunteers: 1

Activities: Design and construction of exhibit displays.
Composition, production and placement of interpretive signage.
General maintenance of exhibits.
Cataloguing artefacts.
Record keeping and data entry.
Purchasing of supplies.

Food Services

There are picnic tables available in the grounds of MacPhee House, affording views of the West River and Falls.
Take out foods are available at nearby resturants.

Picnic Area

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